Gunman holds hostages inside northwest Detroit home

Police say man fled attempted traffic stop in Redford, fired shot

Gunman holds 2 hostage inside northwest Detroit home
Gunman holds 2 hostage inside northwest Detroit home

DETROIT – A gunman is holding hostages inside a home in northwest Detroit.

The home is in the 15000 block of Iliad Street near Fenkell and Telegraph roads. Police said they tried to pull over the man about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Redford Township, but he took off. He is considered a suspect in a triple homicide that happened in June, police said.

He fired a shot Tuesday morning before entering the home in Detroit, police said. Original reports stated the man fired at officers, but police later clarified he did not fire directly at officers -- he just fired a shot.

The man also called 911 to say he had guns and hostages -- a man and a woman -- inside the home. He has threatened to kill them if police make a move.

Officers have surrounded the area.

Police said the man does live at the home, so it’s unclear if he had to break in.

‘We are dealing with a very dangerous person’

Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a media briefing outside the home about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and said the man has threatened to kill the hostages and himself if police were to try to enter the home. He’s also made threats against police officers, Craig said.

Posted by Detroit Police Department on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It’s unclear if the hostages are in real danger, but police are taking the man’s threats seriously.

“We’ll wait him out, we’ll be patient, as always in these instances,” Craig said. “We are dealing with a very dangerous person with him.”

The man is believed to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. He also told police he was suffering from mental illness. Craig said them man was the member of a biker gang and allegedly took the life of another former or current member of the gang, something he knows he is wanted in connection with.

“He acknowledge that he is a suspect in those crimes," Craig said.

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